Hopewell Wrongful Death Lawyers


Hopewell Wrongful Death Lawyers

Wrongful Death Lawyers

Few moments in life are more complicated than learning about the loss of a loved one. It can be incredibly challenging if you find out that the death was preventable. When another person’s negligence is responsible for this loss of life, you might be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim.

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In Virginia, families who have lost a loved one have just 2 years to file a wrongful lawsuit. 


Spouses, parents, children, and siblings all qualify to file a wrongful death claim. 

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Assigning Accountability

If you are dealing with the unexpected loss of a family member, it is understandable if you have questions about your legal rights. Wrongful death cases are complex, and pursuing them without experienced legal counsel could prove costly. Discuss your options with a Hopewell wrongful death law firm like Rutter Mills immediately.

How to Even Begin Calculating the Devastating Loss of a Loved One

While hospital, funeral, and burial bills are easily calculated, our lawyers are skilled in estimating other losses you might endure. When pursuing compensation for lost income, a skilled wrongful death attorney in Virginia will bring in forensic experts to determine how much income your loved one would have continued earning for your family.

You may also be entitled to compensation for loss of companionship, guidance, and mental anguish following a wrongful death. There is no price that will make up for your loss, these damages help ensure your family’s future is taken care of.

Wrongful death cases often stem from everyday occurrences. The unexpected can happen anytime: driving to work, walking down the street, or even minding your own business at home. Below are some of the common factors that lead to wrongful death claims.

  • Violent crimes
  • Accidental shootings
  • Car accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Drowning
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Fires
  • Poisoning
  • Medical error

Seasoned Hopewell wrongful death lawyers can assist you in pursuing justice and financial compensation under any of these circumstances.

In Virginia, not just anyone can file a wrongful death lawsuit following an untimely passing. The right to file these lawsuits is limited. According to Virginia law, only a “personal representative” of the estate may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the state.

The right to file a wrongful death suit is very different from the right to recover the proceeds of a successful claim. While a personal representative must bring the civil action, the proceeds of a case will ultimately go to the decedent’s statutory beneficiaries. This can include a victim’s surviving:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Grandchildren
  • Parent
  • Sibling
  • Any relative – blood or adopted – that relied financially on the decedent

If there are no surviving statutory beneficiaries left to recover damages from a wrongful death action, the compensation will go to whatever person is entitled to inherit according to Virginia intestacy laws.

Even though you cannot file a wrongful death lawsuit in your personal capacity, it is important to know if you are entitled to recover the proceeds of a successful claim. A dedicated Hopewell wrongful death attorney could review the case and advise you if you have the right to compensation.

You deserve experienced legal representation that you can rely on on after the untimely loss of a family member. At Rutter Mills, we know how difficult this time can be for you and your family. We are prepared to take a compassionate approach to your wrongful death claim, allowing you to grieve while still protecting your legal rights. To learn more about how Rutter Mills could help, schedule your free initial consultation as soon as possible.

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Dave Put His Trust in Us

Don’t Fall For The Insurance Company’s Games

Dave suffered serious injuries in a car accident. The defendant’s insurance company tried to offer him a low amount so Dave called Rutter Mills. We took over dealing with the insurance and got Dave the money he needed to get back on his feet.

They enabled me to be happy in life again.

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Protecting Your Future

Glenn’s car accident changed his life, but not permanently thanks to the help of his Rutter Mills attorney. When the insurance companies wouldn’t help him, our team fought back and won.

I knew I needed Rutter Mills.

Fighting For What's Right

Getting Justice

On his way home from work at the shipyard, Dan was involved in an accident. He tried to file a claim on his own, but the insurance company wouldn’t give him the money he needed to put his life back on track. Dan knew he needed to call Rutter Mills.

They actually won my case 3 times!

Larena's Win

After her car accident, Larena asked her father, a local stevedore, for his advice on who to call. He recommended Rutter Mills. Her team of car accident experts at Rutter Mills fought back when the insurance companies tried to deny her the money she needed to recuperate from her injuries. We took her case to trial – and won. When the insurance company filed their appeals, we beat them again – two more times! Larena got the money she needed and the justice she deserved.

We’re going to immediately call Rutter Mills. That’s the people I trust with my baby girl.

Who Do You Trust With Your Family?

After a car accident, Jamaree’s first call was to her mom. She was shaken up and scared. Mom told her “We’re calling Rutter Mills. Her next was to Rutter Mills. Her Rutter Mills car accident team helped her get compensation “above & beyond” what she was expecting.

They lifted allot of stress off my shoulders. I recommend them to anybody because they WILL fight for you.

Who Can You Turn To?

Referrals From Friends and Family

After John was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, he turned to the person he trusts most for a recommendation. His wife, a paralegal of 30 years, told him to call Rutter Mills on the advice of the lawyer she worked for.

They really care for you as a person. Words cannot describe what Rutter Mills did for me and for my case.

When You Need Someone In Your Corner

Don’t Go It Alone

When the insurance company tried to get Carol to sign paperwork after her car accident, she knew she needed a lawyer. Carol knew she needed Rutter Mills.

When I called Rutter Mills, I knew it was the right fit. They’re so interested in helping you get justice.

Getting The Justice You Deserve

When Mom Needs Strength

Taryn was in a car accident while she was pregnant. She knew she needed someone in her corner to protect her rights and her family’s future.

There’s attorneys, then there’s Rutter Mills.

We're Here When The Unexpected Happens


A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

When you’ve got a serious injury, you need a serious lawyer. That’s why we chose Rutter Mills.

Motorcycle Accidents Change Everything

When Ed was injured in a motorcycle crash, he knew he needed a serious lawyer to protect his rights. The insurance companies were fighting him every step of the way. Rutter Mills helped prove Ed’s case and get him the money he needed to get on the road to recovery.

With the seriousness of the accident, I knew that we needed a serious lawyer. I needed Rutter Mills.

Carol & Levon's Story

They knew they needed a serious lawyer when Carol and her son were seriously injured. After the other party’s insurance company tried to get her to settle for less than she needed, Carol called Rutter Mills for help. We took on the insurance company so she could focus on healing.

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Contact a Hopewell wrongful death lawyer today.

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